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Keyboard Synergy 14 Jun 2010
miscellaneous linux

Over the past year or two I’ve become quite fond of tiled window managers, the jump to Awesome (which I’ve since dropped) to XMonad was a logical one. My gratuitous use of GNU/screen and Vim’s tabs and split window support, already provided a de-facto tiled window manager within each one of my many terminals. The tiled window manager on top of all those terminals has served to improve my heavily-terminal biased workflow.

One computer has never been enough for me, at the office my work spans three screens and two computers, I’ve not yet discovered a Thinkpad that can drive three screens alone; at home I typically span three screens and two laptops (let’s conveniently ignore the question of why I feel I need so much screen real estate). Tying these setups together I use synergy to provide my “software KVM” switch. As long as I’ve used synergy, I’ve had to switch from one screen to the other with a mouse, which is one of the few reasons I still keep one on the desk.

Until I discovered a way around that, thanks to Jean Richard (a.k.a geemoo) who posted this little configuration change to synergy.conf:

section: options keystroke(control+alt+l) = switchInDirection(right) keystroke(control+alt+h) = switchInDirection(left) end

With this minor configuration change, combined with XMonad, Vimium (Vim-bindings for Chromium) and my usual bunch of terminal-based applications, I can go nearly mouse-less for almost everything I need to do during the day.